Oatmeal Stout - Mendocino Brewing Company

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Oatmeal StoutOatmeal Stout

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275 Ratings
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Ratings: 275
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mendocino Brewing Company visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: silver0rlead on 10-10-2010

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Photo of WhiteOak
2.16/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Opaque black/dark brown, with a faint red brown edge in bright light. Light brown head settles out quickly.

S- Wet cardboard and balsamic vinegar dressing.

T- Burnt malt and ashtray flavor.

M, D- Typical weight, but lacking any requisite maltiness one would expect from the style.

Photo of CuriousMonk
2.5/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark, opaque brown color with a tiny tan head that leaves only a ring in the glass. Aroma of oatmeal, chocolate and roasted malts, mild coffee, earth, and molasses-like syrup. Flavor of oats, sweet chocolate malts, oats, mild coffee, cola syrup, molasses, and overripe plums. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a smooth, sweet, roasty mouthfeel. But, I've had way better oatmeal stouts. This one didn't put it together for me at all.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
2.71/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance -- Pours a dark molasses brown with a slim fizzy tan head. Dirty ring and brown fog remain. Would have preferred some head retention, but it looks handsome.

Smell -- Well-roasted malt, mild coffee notes, chocolate milk, molasses, and perhaps some rolled oats. There is some mild berry tartness.

Taste -- Lots of dark roast in this beer, bringing to mind burnt bread crust, coffee grounds, bakers chocolate, and a bit of wood ash. Some harsh acidity as well. Oat character is obscured by the charred malt acidity. Warmth mellows this beer as blackstrap molasses becomes evident. Licorice becomes noticeable toward the finish. Lingering flavors of cafe mocha and burnt barley.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied, moderate fizzy carbonation, and a drying, slightly acidic finish.

Drinkability -- Not one of my favorites of the style. The roast character is just too much, bordering on ashy, and the acidity was distracting. Oatmeal stouts should really be smooth and mellow, a slam dunk in the easy-drinking category. This just doesn't possess those qualities.

Photo of largadeer
2.76/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Dark brown, nearly black. A finger of tan foam rises from a gentle pour.

Aroma: Sharp roasted barley and fennel. Some earthy and herbal qualities, a bit of oatmeal cookie as it warms, and a hint of smoke. There's a bit of acidity from the roasted malt.

Taste & mouthfeel: Grainy and burnt up front, moderately acidic with a smoky undertone. Not particularly rich or sweet, this oatmeal stout is heavy on blackened malt and licorice flavors. Medium in body though quite dry, this could use more sweetness and less acrid roasted bitterness.

Photo of illidurit
2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle from a winter beer mix pack. An unceremonious dumping into a pint glass produces a big cocoa-colored lather atop a black coffee body. Chocolate-covered coffee bean aroma with hints of sulfur and iron. Slight apple pie note and some phenols too. Flavor is old coffee and minerals, chocolate milk made with water instead of milk (I guess you'd call that chocolate water), charred coffee beans and a lingering metal note that recalls sucking on a penny. Unfortunately, this beer derives no full mouthfeel or silkiness from its use of oats, and so my tongue derives no satisfaction. About what I expected from Mendocino.

Photo of seedyone
3/5  rDev -19.6%

03/18/14 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Not what I expected. Most oatmeal stouts I've tried are very smooth & on the creamy side. This taste is much less viscose & a tad bitter, almost acidic. Not bad but with a 6% ABV the cost in terms of my alcohol consumption 'allowance' out weighs the enjoyment factor. Gnome sane?

Photo of BenwayPHD
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Pours black with a three finger tan mocha head. Smells roasty and nutty like chocolate, annis, maybe a little coriander. The flavor is okay. A little things for my taste. Also there is a bit of an off flavor that I can't quite put my finger on.

Photo of brian44556
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Bell's Pint Glass. No dating on the bottle, but this has been in my fridge for about 4-5 months, but has been chilled the whole time.

Pours a dark motor oil color with a tiny brown head. Leaves a lacing on the sides of the glass that crawls back into the abyss when swished around. The beer smells of chocolate, roasted malts, and the slightest hint of coffee. This beer tastes of stale, burnt coffee. Also caught notes of watered down chocolate oats. Unfortunately this beer doesn't taste anywhere near how it smells. The mouthful is pretty thin and I don't catch that silky smooth finish a good oatmeal stout contains. Overall this beer is very, very average. If it wasn't for the the decent appearance and smell, which are both pretty good, this beer would be very below average. Another average offering from Mendocino.

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a lovely deep brown/red. A nice compact brown head forms on top.

S - Smoky and roasty with a touch of dark fruits. Molasses. Little tough to find oatmeal.

T - Sweet and light. This beer becomes smaller and less impressive with each catergory

M - Thin, but very smooth

O - This is OK. It's a pretty simple-tasting beer, which is not in line with the nose. This is a bummer, man...that's a..that's a bummer.

Photo of jsprain1
3.19/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Very close to black. The color is nice but the brown head retains very poorly. It's gone very quickly.
S- Smell is of slightly burnt caramel, molasses, and a bit of bourbon.
T- Up front there is a nice roasted note with dark caramel and a bit of maple syrup flavor. The finish has a bit of an off sour note though.
M- Excessively light for the style and not nearly smooth enough for an oatmeal stout.
O- This was disappointing. I generally like Mendocino, but this one just wasn't that good.

Photo of ebrauser
3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pitch dark - totally absorbent with a thin, light, brown head.

Smell: Roasted chocolate, figs, and iced coffee. Upon revisiting there is a touch of cardboard...

Flavor: Thick chocolate malt with some bitterness and dryness in the finish. Vanilla, fruits, and spices outweigh any roasted/hop/chocolate flavors.

MF: Sweet and silky though with maybe just a little off flavoring which might limit drinkability.

Photo of delta490
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A- a near-impenetrable black with a short-lived light tan head. A hint of carbonation is visible in the center of the beer as seen from above the glass

S-a slight hint of roasted malt and maltose sweetness.

T- a big astringent bite hits right off the bat and mellows into some malty sweetness on the finish. A fairly harsh intro and transition. Gets a little better as it warms (initial serving temp. ~50F)

M- no complaints here. Lighter and smoother on the palate as befits the style.

O- the taste really hits hard. Everything else about this beer is good to great, but that big blast of odd bitterness is really hard on the first few sips.

Photo of secondtooth
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep black with ruby undertones. Fairly thick head of tan bubbles. Nice and thick lace. Solid appearance.

Nose is burnt malts and chocolate. There's a hint of graininess somewhere in there, too. Maybe that's the oats I'm detecting?

Taste is charred malts up front, followed by an astringent, almost vinegar tone. Ends on a burnt cocoa vibe.

Overall, quite average. I wasn't too impressed.

Photo of JackieTH
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brown/black with an off-white head.

Smell: Light chocolates and grains, and yes a bit of oatmeal as well.

Taste: Oats and malt. The malt is roasted or even slightly burnt. Subtle chocolate. Mild lactose comes through toward the finish. Finish is slightly dry. Overall impression is that it's thin.

Mouthfeel: I want to say silky but with a lighter body. This is possibly due to the higher than expected level of carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy enough to drink but there is something possibly in the lactose+burnt+carbonation characteristic that is a bit off-putting.

Photo of Bajasith
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured dark as a stout should. A small hot chocolate frothy head formed dissipating quickly... Earthy oats, chocolate and burnt malts dominated with a slight hint of coffee beans... Roasted malts/oats, hint of molasses, raisins, and some dark brown sugar sweetness... Medium bodied to almost dry as full flavor is drowned out due to the higher than expected level of carbonation... Nice roasted flavors keep it interesting.

Photo of TaySuth
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very dark brown in color with a half finger head of brown foam that quickly recedes to a ring with moderate lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt with caramel, molasses, chocolate and a hint of coffee. Pretty good.

Taste: Coffee flavor hits first followed by smooth chocolate with hints of molasses and caramel. It is good but nothing amazing.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation but it works well with the beer. The body is just a little heavier than average.

Overall: A nice stout but nothing that I would seek out again.

Photo of smcolw
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Small bar-pour head, but it sticks around and leaves a near blanket of lace. Near black color where no lace penetrates (even on the edge of the glass).

Mildly burnt malt aromas; it's borderline toasty. Closer to Porter than Stout in the smell.

The flavor is more true to form--more burnt bitter malt. Like many stouts, this one is thin, perhaps thinner than most. Mild finish of over-roasted malt, but it lingers forever.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was pitch black. Surprising a small amount of head, maybe ½ inches. Light lacing that dissipated very quickly. Light film on sides.

Smelled of dark coffee and dark chocolate malts. This was the best part of the beer.

Tasted of dark and smoky malts. Also some dark chocolate flavor in there as well. Tasted pretty fake to me.

Full body. Average carbonation. Smooth feel.

It was just a bit too fake for me, but I’ll take the smoothness.

Photo of HalfFull
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served up in a large globe glass. Pours an inky black with a thin dark brown cap. Light retention yet decent lacing follow.

Aroma is strong on roast and chocolate though not overdone. Low carbonation requires some agitation to renew a surface film so as to appreciate the malt depth and reveal a touch of chocolate sourness. Warms to add a subtle smoky character.

Taste is smooth and creamy with a decent feel that belies the lack of apparent carbonation. Coffee and chocolate with just a light roast character on the taste. Bittersweet chocolate offers a decent lingering finish.

Overall a good and quite straightforward stout. Oats add a creamy feel and finish but the light carbonation limits the love here.

Photo of Jemonster
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Tan colored head dissipates quickly in the glass. Medium sized bubble carbonation. Looks like root beer after carbonation settles, but even less opaque; no light can be seen passing through it.

S: Caramel, toffee candy sweetness and rich leather. Dry grain.

T: ORIGINAL: Sweet malt, roasted peanuts and coffee, tootsie roll chocolate, cream, and a slight hop bitterness, then it falls flat. Aftertaste is not so good, burnt toast and funny "chemical" taste. I hate when people use that term, but I think everyone knows what it means. After the first few sips, the bitterness builds and the redeeming qualities aren't as present. It
s best not to hold this one in the mouth and savor like I usually treat stouts, but just to swallow it quickly.

EDIT: I must have had a bad bottle the first time or something. I gave it another chance, and while I get similar flavors, I didn't get that "off" taste, and the bitterness was more balanced. I don't know what was up with that before, but it's a pretty good beer afterall. I'm still not it's biggest fan, but it just went up a few points.

M: I wanted more carbonation to be there. The richness of this beer made me want something salty to induce salivation. It dried my mouth.

D: 2 I didn't really like this beer, which is a surprise to me since I usually love stouts. I think I will be giving the other 5 away.

Photo of kflorence
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque black in color with a two-finger thick, tan head that dissipates to a thin layer of foam. Lacing around the glass as you drink. Carbonation levels look solid.

S: Aroma is of burnt malts and oatmeal, cocoa, dark fruits (particularly grapes), some molasses and brown sugar and a definite hop presence in the background. There's also some kind of smoked wood smell in the mix.

T: Lots of fruit in this one, as well as a very strong smokey, malt flavor. I can definitely detect some overly roasted oats in here, and an underlying hop presence that never quite fully reaches its potential. The aftertaste is of caramelized malts and cocoa with some dark fruit and a bit of alcohol astringency.

M: Definitely on the heavier side, but still a medium bodied beer in my opinion. The carbonation levels are good, if a bit much on the swallow, and overall the beer remains creamy with a touch of chewiness. Could use a bit more body for an oatmeal stout.

D: This is a pretty decent example of the style and definitely flavorful enough to keep you sipping. Then again, I have had much better stouts. I would say this is a solid, above-average beer, but it doesn't have anything that will surprise you. It is quite drinkable, but it's heavy and really only tempting during certain times of the year.

Photo of jsh420
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours dark dark brown almost black with a 2+ finger head that left spotted lacing

smells of milk chocolate and oatmeal

taste - burnt roasted malts hit me first then the surgary milk chocolate - tad bit thin but prety solid

mouthfeel - light body and has a sharp bite from the brew being over carbonated

drinkability - i want my oaty stouts to be smooth and this one is not

Photo of TheMarkE
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep brownish black with a good head of tan foam and good lacing. Noticeable carbonation trying to hide in the darkness.

Smell: Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts.

Taste: Coffee, roasted malts, bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with quite a bit of bitterness in the finish.

The Verdict: Not bad. As with most of Mendocino's offerings, it is a decent example of the style but not much more. In other words: average.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good deep dark brown pour, tan head in the range of 1" on the top. Mild roast notes in the aroma, even some detectable hops believe it or not.

Good evenflow and balance, the oats allow the beer to be smooth, not bitter, but allow the mouthfeel to still be thick enough to not be described as watery. Not a real distinct chocolate or coffee mouthfeel to it, really just full of two row consistency. Which is fine, not everything needs to be all imperialed out or barrel aged, this is a nice somewhat sessionable stout.

Scored a 6 pack of this for $6.99 at Ledgers's Liquors about a year ago. Drank 5 of them in the last year. Still have one left, in the course of the year, each one tasted the same as the last, indicates its pretty sturdy, sure some beers can taste great in a small window of time, this one tastes good in a large window of time.

Photo of scootny
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Darn near black. Seriously opaque. Fluffy, thick, rich head. Slow fade to a nice covering. Good amount of lace. Aroma is surprisingly sweet. Lots of roasted grains underneath with a bit of dark fruitiness. A touch of diacetyl. Taste is smooth and roasty. Burnt toffee and charcoal. Coffee flows through like a velvety latte. Finish has a nice firm earthy bitterness. Feel is on the lighter side with a gentle but crisp carbonation. Good solid brew

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Oatmeal Stout from Mendocino Brewing Company
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